Welcome back for Term 2, 2017 - a term that will be full of social justice activities throughout the College and from the Edmund Rice Society.
Thank you to all students for making this year’s Project Compassion collection the second largest collection we have ever achieved, marginally being pipped at the post for the No. 1 place. Our collection total for 2017 was $12,654.68. This money will help Caritas Australia to assist our neighbours in Fiji, Timor Lestre, Vietnam and The Philippines. On behalf of our neighbours in these countries I thank you all for your support.
EDMUND RICE SOCIETY ACTIVITIES
The Edmund Rice Society are very busy this term with a number of activities and discussion topics. Our first meeting will be on Tuesday of Week 2 where we will be continuing discussions on what we can do to support the children still being held in Australian offshore immigration detention centres.
The Junior Edmund Rice Society members will begin their Fair Trade Chocolate Stall on Friday lunchtime in Week 2. This project will run each Friday lunchtime in Terms 2 and 3 and all profits raised will be going to Callan Services, which consists of 19 Edmund Rice special schools for disabled students in Papua New Guinea.
The Senior Edmund Rice Society will be continuing to build their skateboard decks for the Haven Education Centre Terrigal, an Edmund Rice annex school for troubled children. These skateboard decks made by our members, along with the wheels, trucks, bearings and grip tape, are donated to The Haven where they are used as both behavioural and learning tools. The Haven students receive a skateboard pack from their teachers for continued good behaviour and application of their learning. They design the artwork, make the artwork on the board, assemble the board and then they get to keep it. This activity is one of the most popular activities for their students and the Edmund Rice Society members look forward to delivering them and spending a day with them at the beginning of Term 3.
In addition to this the same members have created four timber jigsaw puzzles in indigenous animal shapes that will eventually end up at another partner school of St Pius X College, St Mary’s Bowraville. These puzzles have been delivered to the Haven where their students will create indigenous artwork on the four puzzles of a koala, a stingray, a kangaroo and a platypus. The Haven students will then enter the puzzles into an indigenous art competition, before our Year 10 immersion students deliver them to Bowraville at the end of the year for St Mary’s students to use as a learning tool.
The Edmund Rice Society Year 11 leaders will also be spearheading our “Footy Boots for Africa drive” in the upcoming weeks so please keep your old footy boots and have them ready to bring in when this drive commences.
MEMBERSHIP OF THE EDMUND RICE SOCIETY
I am personally so proud of the effort and dedication the entire Edmund Rice Society has put into the first term of 2017 and look forward to seeing what else they have in store for us. The Society membership has grown in all areas with new senior members, a staff member in Ms Ho and a huge influx of Junior School members. The Edmund Rice Society meet every Day 3 and Day 7 at 1.00pm in LC2 and we always welcome any students to come and see what the society is about.
The Edmund Rice Society has always been one of the earliest pathways to leadership at the College with Edmund Rice Society Leaders being appointed to Year 10 students in Term 4. The society also has a long history of members and leaders going on to become College Captains, Vice Captains and Prefects. An example of this is that our current College Captain, Joe Unwin, and six of our current Prefects were all Edmund Rice Society members or leaders in the past, so please come along to a meeting and consider membership.
SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVITIES
Visits to Willowood Aged Care Facility will begin next Monday and students from Years 9 through to 11 are encouraged to put their name down for this social justice weekly activity where you will have the opportunity to interact with residents of the facility who find it too difficult to get out into the public arena. Wednesday afternoon visits to Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel also continue from today and throughout the term. Year 10 and 11 students are invited to set up and serve the homeless men, showing them that society still cares and respects them as we are taught that “all men are created equal in the eyes of God” and that Jesus said “What you do to the least of your fellow man you do to me.”
CIP hours and Duke of Edinburgh recognition are available for both these activities. If interested please email me to have your name placed on the rosters.
I would also like to thank the staff who continue to visit Matthew Talbot every school holidays, and a special thank you to Sarah Brannan from Mercy College who attended Matthew Talbot with our cohort every week of Term 1 as well as in the school holidays.
Our new Chapel is now operational and I would like to invite all students and staff to come to our fortnightly Mass held on Tuesday mornings before school. The next Mass will be held on Tuesday 9th May.
Mr D Blake - Social Justice Coordinator